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Outselling Stephen King II: The September eBook Results

Well a few posts ago I told you how I miraculously sold more books than Stephen King (in a 48 hour period)!

Well, now I can report to you the amazingly stupendous results. Yes, this is breaking news folks! Last month DUST sold a whopping 1355 copies. Since the highest monthly total before that was 360 copies, I was bountifully pleased by this result. 
Now Dust was selling for $1.49 (that's .52 cents per book for me) for the majority of those sales and then I bumped it up to 1.99. (or .70 cents a book). The book has slowly dropped down the sales charts (from a high in the 600's) and seems to be levelling out at about 10000 on the sales charts in the US (and 4000 on the UK charts). That equals about 10 sales a day (but since I've bumped the price up to 2.99 I am making 2.05 per sale). I don't know how long it will hold at this level. What, you want to see an amazing chart? Here it is:
That chart shows dust jumping up from abut 160,000th place to 600th. Then slowly falling back down. Apparently what goes up must come down. Thanks a lot for the gravitational laws Newton!
At one point I had told myself I'd be happy if I made about $1000.00 in the space of a year. Since that goal was surpassed in the space of a month…well, I'm green with happiness. I don't expect next month's sales to be anywhere near the same amount as September. But if they continue at the level they're at today (about 10,000 on the charts) I'll actually make as much money through fewer sales (because at 2.99 I make a 70% royalty, at .99-2.98 it's a 35% royalty).
Here's the overall sales chart:
Isn't that pretty? And it has different colours, too. The blue colour represents the sales of DUST. But you can see that a few of my other books are starting to pick up a bit (in fact every book had increased sales over last month). The total for all books was 1467 copies sold.
So last month was a good one. And this month I now have all three of The Hunchback Assignments books available on kindle UK (in fact I'm giving away the first one to get my British cousins to try the series). We'll see if that strategy works.
Over and out,
Art
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Worlds of Wonder and Imagination

2 responses »

  1. Congrats on the sales Arthur! I really like the fact you’ve shared actual statistics – it’s both brave and generous!

    I wonder if you had a marketing budget or strategy when you released this book? Just curious. (I’ll admit I’m not a regular reader of your blog, this is my first visit.)

    Reply
    • Thanks Carol,

      I didn’t have a marketing strategy. It really has been by guess and by golly for the first while. I did luck out that it was mentioned on Pixel of Ink before they started charging for advertising…which is why it broke the top 1000 in the beginning. I later advertised with them for my novel TRIBES and it sold 50 copies that day then sales dropped off. So it’s finding the “stickiness” that is the tough part…

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